Thinking of upgrading my spade...

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Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by tcawood » Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:19 pm

I currently use the red Spartan from Black Ada but thinking of upgrading to a stainless silver spade...

Choice I'm considering is between the Evolution Pro Cut SE Metal Detecting Spade and the Black Ada Stainless Steel Spartan... very similar prices.

Anyone used both?

Thoughts and opinions?

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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by Steve_T » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:00 pm

I use the Black Ada Gladius, only spade I wil ever need, very happy with it, especially the the wide boot rest to push it in

I did come with the "T" handle which I cut off and put a "D" handle as as the T was not comfy and bloody cold in winter

They do a Black Ada Spartan with a D but is more expensive and a little shorter but saves the hassle of fitting your own D

The spade works well in all soils and it's possible to flip the soil out of the hole one handed with the right technique, keeping the detector in the your hand to scan the soil. I have levered out some large divots and stones and confident it won't break

I think I did a review some while back

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I did here it is. viewtopic.php?f=46&t=90936

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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by SuperRed » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:21 pm

I have bent two spades this year (one from a main dealer which may just have well been rubber), so my wife commissioned a custom one from a chap I know for Christmas. Barely more cost than the Black Ada Stainless Steel Spartan, sharpened to a blade and footplates because I have damaged nerves in my feet.

Not arriving for a few days, but he sent me the mock-up and work in progress.
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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by Wigeon » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:52 pm

Both my pal and I have the Evolution spade. Strong, sharp, well designed. Handle length can be made to order. Excellent, can't fault them.
I just got the Evolution trowel as a Christmas present too. ::g
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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by f8met » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:47 pm

I have now bent 3 black adas to the point they were unusable in anything but wet soil. I got a roughneck from builders merchants due to leaving my spade at home and I won't go back. My ada is in the boot but the roughneck handled this summer a treat. Looks flimsy but it flexes rather than bends. Downsides, it is short but I like that for when I am on my knees, it isn't stainless.
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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by Roughwood » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:34 am

Hello, and happy new year etc.

Just thought I'd add my 2 pence worth...

I bought the Blackada Spartan red (Searcher) spade a few months ago. Whilst it seems well made and so on, I have to say I'm not completely blown away by it.
Like f8met, I have a Roughneck mini spade (cheap to buy and replace if necessary) and I still find that I prefer that.

I know it's all 'horses for courses' as the saying goes, but I'm inclined to think that I'll save my pennies for an Evolution...

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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by thefiggis » Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:20 pm

I've used the Evolution (belongs to her ladyship) and I have the Black Ada Gladius.

Black Ada and Evolution both make quality products so I don't think you'll go far wrong with either and it all comes down to preference. I much prefer the Black Ada which, although being very similar to the Evolution weight-wise, somehow feels lighter and less bulky. I also prefer the T handle.

As for Brad's commissioned masterpiece... hell's bells that's something else! Obvious drawback, though, is that you's going to be cleaning that after EVERY outing, matey :))
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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by jondurandsilver » Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:35 pm

I got a roughneck round end for my birthday in November as a replacement for my old one that had served me well for a year. Although it does have a habit of collecting mud. It broke yesterday after half a dozen outings.
Cheap and lightweight at £9.91 at toolstation.
I shall take it back and try again with it due to cost of it.
I had a black ada but the point got damaged when hitting a rock so after weighing up that it was £50 I decided on cheaper option.
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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by slowsweep » Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:43 pm

you can get a very good ss spade from any garden/hardware centre for around £25. ;)
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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by SuperRed » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:46 pm

thefiggis wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:20 pm

As for Brad's commissioned masterpiece... hell's bells that's something else! Obvious drawback, though, is that you's going to be cleaning that after EVERY outing, matey :))
Haha, very true John... Anne is very steadfastly refusing to become my 'Jenkins', so down to me. My friend has one of Alan's and he said he didn't know whether to hang it on the wall or use it! I'm just hoping that the Viking warrior will tease a little something from the earth ;)

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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by neverneverman » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:50 pm

Evolution all the way for me ..
As for the ingraved cut down spear and Jackson. Fantastic work but I'd only wall hang them to good a work to dig with.
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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by sweepstick47 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:07 pm

It is as said, all down to personal preference and for me, that was the Evolution Pro with a
'D' handle as I carry it on a belt hook to negate the weight. I do know, the 'Evo' is the way to go
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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by Oxgirl36 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:10 pm

Its unlikely someone will have both of these spades as they are both ones where you wouldn’t ever need more than one :D

I’m an evolution girl too. Stunning build quality and perfectly designed that I wouldn’t go elsewhere. But it is personal preference at the end if the day.
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Re: Thinking of upgrading my spade...

Post by tcawood » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:30 pm

Thank you all for your comments and thoughts on my spade quandry, food for thought and a good cross section of views.

Sounds like I can't really go wrong between them ;-)
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